SiteGround just released their own custom WordPress migration plugin. I'll be honest, I've tried several in the past and found none to be easy to use and work on the first try. Has anyone tried this yet? Is it really is simple as just entering a migration token?
In this tutorial we will show you how to use the SiteGround Migrator plugin to move a WordPress site from any other hosting company to your SiteGround account. Note that this solution is not suitable for migrating from a localhost environment and Multisite installations! The process is very straightforward and easy to follow. Read on for detailed instructions.
Step 1: Generate a migration token in SiteGround cPanel
First, you need to generate a Migration Token that will tell our system to which account and folder you want to transfer your site. To start, log in to your cPanel account and go to WordPress Tools -> WordPress Migrator.
On this page you will see a list of all your domains and subdomains. Select the domain you want to use and add a path, if needed (if your WordPress site is installed on yourdomain.com/blog for example). Hit the Generate button.
You will receive a long string of symbols - the Migration Token. It’s unique per each transfer and has all the information our system needs to start moving your files and databases.
Step 2: Install SiteGround migrator plugin to your WordPress
Once you have the Migration Token, log in to the WordPress installation you want
The 8 best WordPress plugins for writers that will help you write better content and better market your articles.
There are a ton of plugins available to modify your WordPress. These plugins can really enhance your page and generally make your life easier. Here are eight WordPress plugins for writers that will make your life easier. Yoast SEO
Yoast is a very useful plugin that can help you make your page as search engine friendly as possible. This plugin makes things like controlling titles, meta descriptions, setting targeting keywords, and managing sitemaps much easier. Its page analysis tab is extremely useful for finding out how SEO friendly or unfriendly your page is. There are also advanced options that allow you to control things like meta robots, sitemaps, and setting a 301 redirect URL.
Download Yoast here.
If you’re on a tight writing schedule this plugin can help you out. Editorial Calendar gives you and overview of when every one of your posts is scheduled. It lets you drag and drop posts and move them around the calendar. Very handy for creating post ideas, managing writers you’ve outsourced to, and checking on the status of your posts. It also enables quick editing of titles and content, managing drafts, and even publishing.
Download Editorial Calendar
Writing a blog is only the first step in the process if you want your content to accomplish specific goals. When uploading content to WordPress, I follow this blog post checklist and oftentimes use one of these WordPress checklist plugins to ensure I don't forget anything!
There are so many different WordPress themes that it can be hard to settle on just one. While there are plenty of free WordPress theme options, those that are serious about professionalism and a solid code structure to help with SEO default to premium, highend WordPress themes. Follow along for an in-depth guide to working with highend WordPress themes and WordPress theme membership companies.
How Much Should I Expect to Pay for a Highend WordPress Theme?
According to CodeinWP, the majority of individual WordPress themes are priced at or around $59.
Image Source: CodeinWP
Additionally, CodeinWP found that the average WordPress theme membership is $145/year (with a median cost of $139). If you’re lucky enough to grab a lifetime subscription for a WordPress theme membership company, expect to pay an average $225 (with a median of $249).
This works out to being roughly $4.20/year per theme as the median price.
When Should I Buy a Highend WordPress Theme versus Purchasing Access to a WordPress Theme Membership Company?
Comparing the average and median costs of an individual highend WordPress theme to the price per theme with a WordPress theme membership demonstrates that the greatest
Part II Tutorial on how you can create plugin with Vuejs
It’s been a while since we’ve played with Vue JS on this blog, so why don’t we take a beginner-focused look at how one might go about building a simple polling plugin for WordPress with Vue. Why Vue? Vue can scale up to be used for full-blown single page applications, but you can also use it to add small bits of interactivity to sites, pages, or plugins where in the past you may have used jQuery. Vue is a great option here because it’s a quick and easy way to add interactivity, and it really streamlines the development process by bringing reactivity and component-based architecture to the table with fairly low overhead.
Why a polling plugin? There are scores of polling plugins for WordPress, most of them are free, and most of them will be better than the one we’re going to build today, but there is something missing from the current offering of polling plugins: none of them are polka themed…
I suppose that if we want this to be a WordPress plugin, then we’re going to need to write some PHP, so let’s just get this out of the way. My goal here is to actually write as little PHP as possible and handle as much as we can with Vue.
Several speed tests performed on some of the most used WordPress translation plugins to give you an idea of the load they add to a website.
One of the main concerns when choosing a WordPress translation plugin is how it affects your website speed. A slower website will negatively affect your page rankings, traffic and eventually revenue. Therefore we decided to perform several speed tests on some of the most popular WordPress translation plugins just to give an idea of the load they add to a website.
We compared the page load time of the same page when using different plugins to translate the page. Only one plugin was active and configured for any given test.
Translation Loading Time based on Page Size
For the first setup, we aimed to see how the page size affects the loading time of translation.
The test features a page with about 1600 words, with Twenty Fifteen theme active and no other plugins, but the one being tested. The following graph shows the average original page load time that we obtained in our test.
Due to the variable nature of software execution time, which is influenced by parameters out of human control (CPU, OS, network lag), the page load time varies slightly for each refresh.
To combat this, each plugin had the page load time measured 30 times, from which we calculated an average. Chrome DevTools was
WP Taxi Me 2.3 released. It's an important Release as it's taking into account the recent changes to the Google Maps Platform TOS.
Today I’m delighted to announce the release of WP Taxi Me 2.3 for both the Free & Premium Releases! This release is an important release, and it only affects the Free version – as we’ve changed our API we used for Geolocation, from Google Maps to Mapbox.
Well, Google Maps has started charging. You get $200 free monthly credit, and you have 40,000 API calls for free month. But the main cost of entry has been that the API needs you to pre-emptively put your credit card details in case you go over. It’s a little bit sneaky I thought, so I switched to Mapbox.
Benefits of Mapbox over Google Maps
I’ve discovered two main benefits to Mapbox over Google Maps:-
You have up to 10,000 more API calls per month for free.
You don’t have to give your credit card details on their free or pay as you go plan.
These two issues swung it to Google Maps. But you will need to sign up to Mapbox. You can do so for free here.
Setting Up Mapbox for WP Taxi Me 2.3
Thnakfully it’s quite straightforward to make Mapbox work with WP Taxi Me 2.3. You can read about that here.
Will WP Taxi Me Use Google Maps Again?
Probably. I’m looking at adding
Big news on the WooCommerce front. I'm excited to see this work its way into core. I know Liquid Web did something similar when it launched its WooCommerce hosting a while back.
WooCommerce is celebrating 10th years of Woo this week. Over the past several years WooCommerce has grown to become a dominant player among e-commerce solutions on the web. E-commerce Usage Distribution stats from BuiltWith currently rank WooCommerce as the most commonly used platform for stores in the top 1 million sites. Performance and scalability were the main focuses for the WooCommerce development team last year and these issues continue to be top priority. Version 3.0, released in April 2017, included significant performance improvements when WooCommerce switched from post meta to taxonomies for features like product visibility, featured products, and out of stock products. It also introduced CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) classes for developers, making it easier to write and retrieve data from the database with less code.
Building on the CRUD work done last year, WooCommerce has just announced the beta of its new Custom Products Tables plugin. It replaces the WooCommerce product Data Store with new, dedicated product tables for significant reductions in page load time across shop, checkout, and admin pages.
“The results, so far, have been great – with improvements
When you need to reset your WordPress, this plugin can help. Instead of manually setting up a new database and removing things, the plugin does it with a click of a button.
As WordPress plugins and themes get more complicated, it’s becoming more and more challenging to debug their installation procedures. For simpler plugins, installation and activation events involve setting some default options, if even that. For larger plugins, it involves much more: Creating custom tables and populating them with demo content.
Checking for other plugins and adjusting settings accordingly.
Setting and resetting pointers and notifications depending on various environment variables.
Showing onboarding guides.
Debugging and testing such complicated activation functions in an unknown environment affected by an unlimited amount of 3rd party code is hugely time-consuming.
One way to speed up and streamline the process is to use the free WordPress Reset plugin.
How Does It Help?
Every time you modify the activation code you need to retest it. That involves resetting the test environment in such a way that it simulates (as best as possible) the situation your users will have when they install the plugin – an environment that is clean of your custom tables, options, files and any other traces of your plugin.
WP Reset procures that environment in just one click. It
Using the Health Check plugin makes troubleshooting a potential theme/plugin conflict easier.
Whether you’re building a new WordPress website or applying updates to an existing one, troubleshooting issues can be a very time-consuming process. It can also be a bit risky – especially if you’re dealing with a live site (one more good reason to set up a staging environment, when possible). In general, pinpointing a problem requires that we take the following steps:
Switch to a default theme, such as Twenty Seventeen;
Disable all plugins and reactivate them, one-by-one;
After activating each plugin, refresh your site on the front end to see if the issue you’re dealing with appears;
These steps are necessary, as they will help you determine if your theme or one of the plugins you’re running is causing the fuss. But to do this on a live site, you’ll need to throw it into maintenance mode or face the prospect of allowing visitors to see your mess.
Fortunately, there is now a way to troubleshoot a site without the side effect of downtime. Thanks to the free Health Check plugin, you can perform the steps above in a manner that is confined to just your specific user account. Here’s how it works:
Let’s Get Healthy
Health Check was developed
There are dozens of "X Essential WordPress Plugins You Should Use", but I thought a community discussion and a community-driven list would be preferred.
So what plugins do you use on your sites?
If you are using Gutenberg and need Google Maps on your site, this block will be the solution to all of your problems. Just add the block and enter the desired street address.
Have you ever needed to add a map to your website, but it was just too much hassle, and you ended up just putting up a link for Google maps? Well, you may already know about one of the fastest Google Maps plugins for WordPress that can quickly solve all of your map problems. But if you are using Gutenberg (which is about to become the standard WordPress editor), you can add your maps with just a few easy clicks with the new plugin – Maps Block for Gutenberg.
What is Maps Block for Gutenberg?
Map Blocks is a free WordPress plugin developed by WebFactory Ltd. that adds an extra icon to the ones already there while editing your blocks in posts (using Gutenberg). This little icon, as the name of the plugin suggests, is a tool that helps you insert maps to your blog/website in the simplest way possible.
How does it work?
Installing the plugin is pretty simple. Just go to the WordPress plugin repository and search for “Maps Block for Gutenberg”, then install it. Note that you will need to have the Gutenberg editor already installed for Maps Block to work. After activation, it will already be integrated into the Gutenberg editor, and you’ll be ready to go.
A new icon
You've heard of Elementor and you've heard of ACF, but have you tried combining the two together? Well, it's time to do that, your results will be ... revolutionary!
WordPress plugins are most helpful to extend your website's functionality in easy way. By choosing a right plugin for your website you can manage your work easily. If you are an owner of WordPress blog or business website then, Here is the list of 15 essential blog WordPress plugins you should install if you haven’t already.
This question is really common and has been asked often by everyone who is into blogging or online business. WordPress is undoubtedly the best Content Management System of all time with more than 35% of websites powered.
And the common reason is that of its simple panel with extraordinary plugins that can serve smallest to giant services you want on your website, WITHOUT CODING!
Plugins are the hardcore strength of WordPress and there are more than 55k various plugins and it is hard (obviously) to find out the best one that can help you out blogging.
So, here we are with the best blogging tools and Plugins for WordPress that will assist you to grow with full throttle.
1. Blog Designer
This plugin has been a game changer, especially for bloggers. Blog Designer WordPress plugin (Freemium) offers you to change and exhibit your page with many different layouts and templates. There are many various kinds of layouts for diverse use of it. Must have plugin to make your posts or web page looks cool.
Akismet (Free) checks all the comments and contact form submissions for spam and malware through its global database and prevents your site from publishing threat and malicious content.
Hundred of thousands of WordPress Forms are used every day, collecting information about their users that fall under the scope of GDPR. We've reviewed the most popular Form Builder in this blog post.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is everywhere these days. For a lot of WordPress folks, that topic came at a bad timing. Getting your WordPress form GDPR compliant is just the very first step. Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer and the following recommendations are based on my own experience. In this text, I can’t cover every topic and I can’t give you legal consulting. That said, we recommend to get professional support on all the GDPR topic.
Since the beginning of BuddyForms, our goal is it to build tools, where you can own your own data. With all the rise of social media platforms and data-driven business models, we need to ask us the question, if we are still in control of our data.
Sure we are kind of aware, that Facebook & co. are making money with our personal data and therefore they can provide their service for free. The following quote describes best, what now is happening:
“GDPR is long-term good for the internet and its helping fuel a much needed global conversation around data privacy.”
Quote from Siraj Raval
This article doesn’t only cover our new updates about data privacy as a form builder. No, we’ll also talk about the
New integration to manage multiple Wordpress sites across organizations. You can post on multiple blogs and collaborate with multiple co-authors. In order to use the Creator Engine, go to intelly.com and sign up for the free trial. Once you logged in, connect to your WordPress sites.
Managing a WordPress site that involves different collaborators and contents isn't an easy task. Leading multiple blogs requires a high degree of organization and a safe platform.
That's why we decided to create a collaborative platform to manage content across teams and clients. A place to draft, manage and publish articles on WordPress: the Creator Engine.
No plugins needed, no downloads required, just your Creator Engine and Wordpress account.
What can you get out of the Creator Engine?
When it comes to facilitating your WordPress blog management, the Creator Engine has got your back! Some improvements you can expect from managing your workflow with the Creator Engine are:
Set an Editorial Workflow
As an administrator, you will be able to assign roles, due dates, and brief your collaborators.
In every blog post, the co-writers can chat and see the history of the content creation process.
Make your blog accessible to everyone
From a WordPress amateur to a new client, everyone can be invited easily to create articles on the Creator Engine thanks to its user-friendly interface.
Manage multiple Wordpress blogs in one place
The Creator Engine allows the administrator to create workspaces
Now he owns MonsterInsights (2+ million installs) AND the second most popular analytics plugin, GADWP, at 1+ million installs. A) I'm curious to see how the two evolve (separate features, or eventually merged together). B) Monopoly on GA plugins? Not sure how I feel about this.
With over 17 million downloads and over 1 million websites, Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress (GADWP) is the second most popular analytics plugin in the WordPress.org repository. Today, I’m thrilled to announce that we have acquired the GADWP plugin from Alin Marcu and rebranded it as ExactMetrics.
Alin has done a phenomenal job in building an amazing product and community. As he wanted to pursue his next venture, he was looking for a new home for this extremely useful plugin.
Given our experience running the most popular WordPress analytics plugin, MonsterInsights, this was a perfect fit for our family of products.
Who are we?
Hi, my name is Syed Balkhi. I’m the founder of Awesome Motive, and we build amazing products that help small businesses grow and compete with the big guys.
We’re the team behind some of most popular plugins and resources including:
WPBeginner – the largest free WordPress resource site for beginners.
OptinMonster – popular conversion optimization software that helps you convert abandoning visitors into subscribers and customers.
WPForms – the most beginner friendly WordPress contact form plugin.
This is more than a review. (Kind of a Breaking News) Oxygen Builder is one of its kind in WordPress Market that allows you to build your websites from header to footer. Unlike other page builders, Oxygen Builder can build entire pages without code.
When it comes to finding an all-comprehensive WordPress website builder, Oxygen is ranked as one of the best options available on the internet. Being technically easy to handle, providing users with lots of plug-ins and additional options, it has a comprehensive that is hard to find in other website builders. Needless to say, Oxygen makes it difficult to find or even use any other alternate software for website building. Soflyy is the development house behind Oxygen, which is currently working for the improvement of the Open Source Software. Oxygen’s original version, 1.0 has expired since its successor Oxygen 2.0 is released on 20th June 2018. The new version is bound to have more features and upgrades than the 1.0. Some Appealing features
As amazing as this website developer is, Oxygen is not a tool which can be used by beginners. A basic to medium level know how of Word Press is required to gain the maximum advantage of Oxygen. Here is a detailed guide of all that Oxygen has to offer:
Customizing headers and footers is never an issue while using oxygen. With a few simple clicks, it allows its user to customize headers and footers of the website they are developing.
Most WordPress sites end up having massive images libraries and popular page builders like Beaver Builder are no exception. Having a strategy for keeping everything in order is key to remaining very productive.
Beaver Builder gives you the power to build amazing WordPress sites with drag and drop. But in order for you to actually get to build those amazing sites, you need the proper workflow to set yourself up for success. When you’re talking about building a site, a big part of that workflow involves the images that you use in your designs…and the ability to quickly find those images.
Beaver Builder has all kinds of great image modules – from the simple Photo module to the eye-catching Slideshow module. But those modules are still built on the core WordPress Media Library, which isn’t always the easiest way to work with files.
An easier, and more user-friendly, way to work with your images is via the same type of folders you use on your operating system. And in this post, that’s exactly what we’re going to show you how to do!
Why Folders Offer A Better Way To Manage Images In Beaver Builder
The core WordPress Media Library is fine in the moment. But if you ever want to go back and find a file at some point in the future, it can be a major pain…
Your only option is to filter by uploaded date and, unless you can remember the month and year that you
A deep look at 4 popular helpdesk plugins, with hands-on screenshots of the actual front-end and back-end interfaces
Trying to choose the best WordPress helpdesk plugin for your site? In this post, I went hands-on with 4 popular helpdesk plugins and compared them for you. No matter how great your knowledge base is, at some point one of your customers is going to need human support. And when that happens, a WordPress helpdesk plugin offers a convenient way to support your users via tickets.
Unlike SaaS tools that charge a recurring fee no matter what, WordPress helpdesk plugins are a one-time fee with optional renewals to continue support/updates.
Not only can you potentially save money versus a SaaS tool, you also get to use WordPress, which opens up the huge ecosystem of WordPress extensions.
To help you choose the right WordPress helpdesk plugin for your business, I went hands-on with 4 different plugins. View the results below!
Best WordPress Helpdesk Plugin 2018: The Comparison
Here are the 4 helpdesk plugins that I’ll be comparing in this post. For each plugin, I’ll go hands-on and show you how it actually works.
Price For Pro
Individual add-ons. Cheapest bundle is $149
WP Support Plus
Delicious Brains offers some good advice on GDPR and announces a killer add on for anonymizing local data. I know this could be a big win for WordPress in the enterprise space.
What Is It?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU law about data protection and privacy of people within the European Union. Therefore if your business is based in the United States (or elsewhere) but has EU customers, it could affect you.
The regulation introduces rules that apply to the personal data of customers you collect, store and use within your business (including websites, apps and other software). It aims to protect the digital rights of EU citizens by giving them the ability to see what companies know about them (right of access)
We've just launched Logic Hop, a plugin which makes content personalisation easily available for the first time. I'm so excited about this, and can't wait to see how this is used on sites. Take a look!
Logic Hop is the best content personalization plugin for WordPress and we’ve just launched even more features with the release of Logic Hop 3.0. Simple to install and quick to get started, Logic Hop takes care of all your personalized marketing. Personalized marketing: the future of WordPress websites
Traditionally, your website could only say one thing to all visitors. But your visitors aren’t all the same, and they aren’t all at the same stage in the buying process.
Sure you could try getting around this by keeping your site regularly updated, studying user behavior, adding more blog posts, creating multiple landing pages, and hoping the right people see the right thing at the right time.
Or you could take control over who sees what by using personalized marketing – personalizing what your website visitors see based on actual data, including browser history, on-site behavior, purchase history, user preference, and more.
If you run a WooCommerce store, this might mean presenting a past buyer with a $5-off coupon the next time they visit your site. If you run a job board, it could mean prompting a repeat visitor to go ahead and apply.
According to a recent survey
Do you really need to update your WordPress plugins? If they're working today, why should you even bother? Here's data to show you how frequently plugin updates are released and what you should do about them!
WordPress offers quite a large array of plugins that cater to an enormous amount of tasks. That's one of the main reason behind its fast adoption rate. The ease of finding and installing a WordPress plugin might lower your attention to whether that plugin will be a good and cost-effective solution for your website. In fact, it's not only easy to install a new plugin, often it's the very first step you might take to adding a new functionality to your WordPress site.
Problem is that being able to browse through thousands of plugins, both free and paid, and install them in a matter of seconds, opens the gates to a proliferation of unnecessary plugins being added to WordPress installs. And this deliberate approach could have negative impacts on site performance, security, and maintenance costs.
However, given the number of WordPress plugins available and how important their role is, it is easy to be intrigued by their longevity and ask:
Why do WordPress plugin updates are released?
Let's start with an example:
Caldera Forms, a well-known contact form, suffered from a Multiple Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) security vulnerability which might have compromised the sites it was installed into.
My observations while building blocks and a Gutenberg ready theme for Pillar Press.
Over the last few months I’ve watched as Gutenberg has been developed, silently taking notes, watching for patterns and possible areas to excel in. Then I found that the domain Pillar.Press was available and it snapped me into action.
You see, for about 6 months I’ve had the name Pillar saved as a name idea for a headless WordPress theme I wanted to create.
Last September, Todd Motto passed the HTML5Blank theme to me to take over development for.
It hasn’t received much in the way of updates over the past few years, but it has a strong following.
I’ve cleaned it up a bit and launched a new landing page, but it’s code is so far behind WordPress standards I figure a fresh start was needed.
The plan was to use the name Pillar as the “refreshed” theme.
Well, that’s got a new plan, because after a random search in Namecheap showed the Pillar.Press domain was available, the Pillar name is now being used for the custom Gutenberg blocks I’m building.
Building Blocks with Pillar Press
If what they say is true, and Gutenberg is the future of WordPress, my hope is that Pillar Press becomes the cornerstone of content creation with WordPress.
Absurdly detailed post from Fred at WPShout comparing the popular page builder solutions, with a savage critique of the products he views to be not up to scratch, but fair praise for the products which are good.
This article reviews three prominent WordPress page builder solutions: WPBakery Page Builder, Divi Builder, and Beaver Builder. This article reviews three very prominent (likely the three most prominent) WordPress page builder solution: WPBakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer), Divi Builder, and Beaver Builder.
As I’ve been writing for a while, WordPress page builder solutions are getting good, and are now the correct choice—more than widgetized homepages, column shortcodes, page template custom fields, and other half-measures—for getting layouts into your WordPress content.
However, when I wrote that “WordPress page builders are getting good,” I specifically meant one page builder: Beaver Builder, the first builder that I ever found to be a help and not a burden. I’d worked with both the Divi Builder and the WPBakery Page Builder (previously called Visual Composer) through numerous clients who’d installed them on their own sites, and I found that both builders reliably made doing good work almost impossible.
So, how is it now? Are WordPress’s other largest, best-selling page builders improving in quality too? How is Beaver Builder